UK GPs 'need obesity specialists'
An expert on obesity has suggested that every GP practice in the UK should have a team of obesity specialists to help patients lose weight in order to prevent serious issues developing.
Professor Leeds made the proposal in a column for the BBC website. He currently runs obesity clinics atLondon's Whittington and Central Middlesex hospitals.
Obesity costs the UK’s National Health Service £4.2 billion every year.
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He suggested that if training were provided GPs would be able to help stop obesity cases in their tracks.
“If real help was more available in primary care fewer would reach me and my colleagues in specialist hospital centres in the first place,” he said.
“I would like to see all doctors, nurses and pharmacists trained in obesity management as part of their basic education.”
The Royal College of GPs had a positive response to the proposal, but stated that funding and resources would need to be considered.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."